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Whale Watching In Tofino BC {Review}


Post Last Modified – May 25, 2024 ¦

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Go Whale Watching in Tofino BC With Ocean Outfitters

Planning a visit to Vancouver Island in British Columbia 🍁 Canada’s Rugged West Coast? If so, I highly recommend …

🐋 Whale Watching In Tofino BC 🐋

We did just that with a business a few seasons ago called Ocean Outfitters Adventure Tours, when visiting this beautiful part of Vancouver Island.
This was a very popular and well respected business, best known for incredible 🐋 whale watching excursions, located right in the town center of Tofino.

Tofino is world renowned for its spectacular beaches, including infamous
‘Long Beach’ that stretches for 10 kilometers.
This fabulous stretch of beach is along the 🏞 Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. 

🏞 Pacific Rim is just one of the beautiful {National Parks} located in Canada.
Visitors travel to this stunning destination from all parts of the 🗺 world year round.

They come for its amazing beaches, endless outdoor activities and to just experience nature
in this vast and mostly untouched wilderness in British Columbia.

Surfing at Spectacular Long Beach


It has also attracted 🏄 Surfers from across the globe, having being recognized as a world class surfing destination!


Spectacular Whale Watching In Tofino British Columbia

Picturesque Tofino Harbour & Home of Ocean Outfitters


Of course one can’t forget 🐳 whale watching. It is definitely something everyone should experience while visiting this beautiful part of Canada.

The months of {March right into November}, bring thousands of 🐳 Gray Whales along the Pacific Rim Coast.
A number of these enormous creatures will actually stay in the region throughout the year.

During our whale watching experience with late September, these were the whales we viewed on our exciting tour in Clayquot Sound.


For those of you traveling from {May into September}, you will also get the opportunity
to view the beautiful; Humpback Whales, that will be in this part of the island feeding. 
As well, keep your eyes peeled for the odd {Orca Whale} passing thru!

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Ocean Outfitters For Whale Watching On Vancouver Island

Our Excellent Skipper & Whale Watching Guide


My family and I were fortunate enough to experience a wonderful afternoon with Ocean Outfitters
and our superb Captain. 

We’re always looking for excitement and adventure on our travels and taking their fast
rigid hull inflatable for our whale tour, was outstanding!

Ocean Outfitters Whale Watching Vessels

Heading Down to Our Whale Watching Zodiac


You have a choice of selecting their fast and exciting inflatable vessels, as we did.
Or for a more relaxed ride, they also offered a very comfortable deluxe powered 🛥 vessel
as well, keeping you covered from the elements in increment weather.

Wild One

All Aboard & Ready to Head Out to Sea

Whale Watching in Tofino

A 30 foot aluminum rigid hull inflatable built to Canadian Coast Guard standards.
It comes equipped with very comfortable seating for shock absorbency, safety bars,
on-board head and state of the art navigational equipment.


The Miss Chief Joining Us at Sea


This is Ocean Outfitters 30’ deluxe covered vessel. Ride in comfort with its wide custom built padded seats, a furnace for those cold days, an on-board head (bathroom), state of the art navigational equipment and an extra – large stern (rear) viewing deck.

All their vessels were first class along, with their very experienced skippers and guides making the tour all the more enjoyable.

Safety Always A Priority With Whale Watching Tours

Staff Member Reviewing Survival Suit & Safety


For our ride, we were suited up in regulation safety suits, rain coats and even
comfortable eye wear (ski masks), which we found excellent breaking the cool wind and
ocean spray during our high speed journey!

Before embarking on your tour, you are given a safety briefing and detailed instructions
on the survival suit and much more.

My Daughter All Suited Up in Her Safety Gear


The company’s attention to safety is priority one!

“We take safety very seriously at Ocean Outfitters. We go above and beyond Transport Canada requirements to provide a safe and reliable experience. We continue to work diligently reviewing and enhancing our already exemplary safety record.”

Unforgettable Whale Watching Experience On Vancouver Island

Our Skipper & Guide Pointing Out the Various Sea Life


🌅 The weather for late September was absolutely perfect! 

It started out cloudy but after a short period of time, the clouds began to break and the sun started to shine. 
We left the harbor and began heading out into the open Pacific Ocean on the west coast
in search of Whales!

We couldn’t have been more impressed with our skipper and guide keeping us well informed
and sharing his extensive knowledge of the region, the sea life and wild life
that inhabit the area throughout the whole tour.

A very experienced skipper and top notch guide, who made the whole tour outstanding!

Viewing More Than Just Whales In Canada’s Rugged West Coast

Sea Lions Sunning on the Rocks


This beautiful rugged coastline is simply breathtaking and during our tour, we were able to view; Seals, Sea Lions, Grey Whales, 🦅 Bald Eagles and much more! 

You really get a taste of nature at its best, on one of these select ocean tours.

A Large Gray Whale Surfacing for Air


We’ve enjoyed whale watching tours on different parts of Vancouver Island,
but to actually head out into the open Pacific Ocean and view its spectacular coast line,
is simply a must for 🍀 nature lovers!

My Wife & I Enjoying the Adventure


Your tour will last 2 ½ to 3 hours, taking you into beautiful Clayquot Sound.
This is where many of the whales and sea lions come to feed. 

We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to return and enjoy another exciting whale watching tour in Tofino!



Handy Tips for Your Whale Watching in Tofino Experience

After taking this tour, here are a couple of tips I thought would be helpful for those planning to go Whale Watching.

Bring Sunglasses:

The glare on the water can be very bright at times.  As you can see in the our picture above, it’s slightly overcast and my wife and I wear Transition Eye Glasses that went completely dark from the glare!

Motion Sickness:

If you are subject to …

🤢 Motion Sickness, 🤢

I do recommend taking or wearing something for this to make your tour much more enjoyable.
Remember, at times you are out in the open ocean and the swells can be quite large at times.

My family members had a blast riding over the waves, but for me at certain times,
the rolling swells were starting to make me feel a bit queezy, wishing I had taken my Gravol
before leaving, which seems to help.


It goes without saying – Don’t forget your camera or you’ll be sorry!



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Have Fun!!

Don’t be afraid to ask your skipper and guide any questions you may have.
They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the area and wildlife.

Amazing Coastal Scenery in Clayquat Sound


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Update 2024

After many successful seasons, Ocean Outfitters has retired. However, be sure to check the links below for other exciting Whale Watching Tours offered in Tofino and Ucluelet.

🗺 Be sure to check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for Tofino’s exact location. 🗺


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A Blogger Since 2012, Robert has a {Passion for Travel}, having worked in the industry for over 35 years. He enjoys sharing special moments & tips on; Travel, Health & Wellness, Book Reviews and much more!

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